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Your Phone’s SIM Card Isn’t Completely Safe From Hackers, Karsten Nohl Says

Karsten Nohl, an ‘ethical hacker’ managed to easily hack into a ‘secure’ SIM card.

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Just a few blogs ago, we shared with you Karsten Nohl’s latest exposition that credit cards aren’t entirely safe as we think they are. According to him and Fabian Braunlein, his partner, hackers can easily run away with your money by stealing your personal information and even duplicating your credit card.

We got pretty fascinated with this guy’s keen knowledge about security-related matters. So we dug deeper on his other studies and we found another interesting one.

In a post published by RT, this German code breaker revealed majority of the SIM card designs used across the world are actually vulnerable to hackers.

Karsten Nohl, an ‘ethical hacker’ managed to easily hack into a ‘secure’ SIM card.

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Nohl said:

“SIM cards were the last widely-used [piece of] technology left that no one had broken yet.”

He, however, works as an ‘ethical hacker’ and so he did his best to hack his way into the security system. His purpose? To present his findings to the companies so they can fix the flaws.

UN’s International Telecommunications Union were pretty convinced with the evidence he came up with, calling it a “significant” finding that should serve as a warning for mobile phone operators.

Nohl managed to acquire total control of an individual’s phone just by discovering a SIM card’s unique encryption key. So yes, Nohl just proved that the plastic circuit board on your SIM isn’t really that reliable.

Once hackers discover this flaw, they can steal confidential information from mobile phone users.

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Nohl added:

“The worst case scenario that I could foresee is criminals acquiring enough information to hack a few million cards in the country. The main short term threat after criminals finally acquire this attack method is fraud. They will abuse the cards to send premium SMS, for instance. They can also steal banking tokens from them in countries where that is used.”

So what’s the best solution for this programming flaw?

Nohl only commented:

“The best bet currently is to wait for the network to implement countermeasures before the abuse starts and should abuse happen in your network, ask for a new SIM card.”

Consider us a bit alarmed.

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9,550 Years Old, World’s Oldest Tree Found in Sweden

See the world’s oldest tree and find out how it has revealed to be a tenacious survivor for 9,550 years!

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The oldest tree was discovered in Sweden and it is 9,550 years old! It’s amazing that these trees have witnessed many generations and timeline. At first, the spruce tree was thought to be a “new comer” tree in the Swedish mountain but later discovered that it is precisely contradictory.

This spruce tree is called Old Tjikko and can be found at Fulu Mountain in Dalarna. It has been tested through carbon dating and found out that the oldest tree have the same genetic makeup with spruce trees 8,000 to 9,550 years old.

The Oldest Tree in the World 9,550 Years Old. Can You Believe?

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Guy Who Calls Himself the “Animal Whisperer” Takes The Most Adorable Selfies Ever!

Meet the master of animal selfies, Allan Dixon 🙂

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Taking selfies when we travel seems like the norm nowadays. It is a good way to preserve the wonderful memories of our adventure. Not to mention our friends can enjoy the place we've been to as well. This certainly is what 29-year old Allan Dixon from Wicklow, Ireland has in mind when he takes his selfies!

But his selfies are not your ordinary pictures! Dixon has earned himself the reputation of being an "animal whisperer" or the famous movie veterinarian Dr. Dolittle, because of his perfectly-timed shots with a variety of animals. Dixon even shared the secret to his perfect selfies with them. He said all it takes is patience in getting the perfect shots and of course making the animals feel comfortable at first. It is not uncommon for Dixon to talk to them first, pet them or sometimes even bribe them with food.

Check out his amazing selfies with animals from all over the world!

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A Disturbing Video of a Polar Bear Fed With Fire Cracker Caused Outrage

Unimaginable Animal Cruelty: Watch this disturbing video of a polar bear fed with a fire cracker!

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According to the Red Data Book of the Russian Federation, polar bears are listed as endangered species.

Below is a viral video showing a polar bear in severe pain, fighting for her life after she was purportedly fed with a fire cracker. A report says that a cook in a Russian military base fed a polar bear with explosives. The suspected cook may face up to 7 years in prison, if this will be proven and confirmed. Witnesses say, the bear has a cub and were frequently seen around the base looking for food and being fed by the cook.

LifeNews said they were able to get in touch with the cook. According to the alleged cook, the bear regularly visit the site in Wrangel Island located in the far east of Russia to get food however in one of her visits, the bear had “itself grabbed a rocket flare and began chewing on it. “ said the cook.

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